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NCAA and CBS reveal March Madness TV schedule

All the games will be in Indiana, but to viewers at home it will mostly look like a normal NCAA Tournament opening four days.

Saint Louis Billikens head coach Travis Ford puts the team logo on the brackets after winning the A10 tournament 55-53 over St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament at Barclays Center. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA and CBS/Turner today released the entire times and tv schedule for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

March Madness will look a bit different in 2021. Besides all of the games taking place in the state of Indiana, the traditional Thursday-Sunday opening weekend where the field is paired from 64 teams to 16 will take place over Friday-Monday this year. Don’t worry, there will still be eight games on that Monday you can watch while at work while theoretically doing your job.

There’s also changes for the middle weekend, which instead of Thursday-Sunday is now a Saturday-Tuesday affair. That puts all the Elite Eight games in prime time TV windows for CBS, and shortens the time off between the end of the qualifying and the Final Four. Also the entire Elite Eight will take place in the same building as the Final Four, although two separate courts will be available under one roof for teams to practice and play.

Here is the complete 2021 NCAA Tournament TV schedule with game times:

Thursday, March 18th: First Four

Game 1 5:00 p.m. truTV
Game 2 6:20 p.m. TBS
Game 3 8:30 p.m. truTV
Game 4 9:50 p.m. TBS

Friday, March 19th & Saturday, March 20th: First Round

Game 5-21 12:00 p.m. CBS
Game 6-22 12:30 p.m. truTV
Game 7-23 1:00 p.m. TBS
Game 8-24 1:30 p.m. TNT
Game 9-25 2:45 p.m. CBS
Game 10-26 3:20 p.m. truTV
Game 11-27 3:50 p.m. TBS
Game 12-28 4:20 p.m. TNT
Game 13-29 6:15 p.m. TBS
Game 14-30 7:00 p.m. CBS
Game 15-31 7:00 p.m. truTV
Game 16-32 7:15 p.m. TNT
Game 17-33 9:10 p.m. TBS
Game 18-34 9:30 p.m. CBS
Game 19-35 9:45 p.m. truTV
Game 20-36 9:50 p.m. TNT

Sunday, March 21st Second Round

Game 37 12:00 p.m. CBS
Game 38 2:30 p.m. CBS
Game 39 5:00 p.m. CBS
Game 40 6:00 p.m. TNT
Game 41 7:00 p.m. TBS
Game 42 7:30 p.m. truTV
Game 43 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 44 9:30 p.m. TBS

Monday, March 21st Second Round

Game 45 12:00 p.m. CBS
Game 46 2:30 p.m. CBS
Game 47 5:00 p.m. TBS
Game 48 6:00 p.m. TNT
Game 49 7:00 p.m. CBS
Game 50 7:30 p.m. TBS
Game 51 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 52 9:30 p.m. CBS

Saturday, March 27th Sweet 16

Game 53 2:30 p.m. CBS
Game 54 5:00 p.m. CBS
Game 55 7:15 p.m. TBS
Game 56 9:45 p.m. TBS

Sunday, March 28th Sweet 16

Game 53 2:00 p.m. CBS
Game 54 4:45 p.m. CBS
Game 55 7:00 p.m. TBS
Game 56 9:30 p.m. TBS

Monday, March 29th Elite Eight (Lucas Oil Stadium)

Game 61 7:00 p.m. CBS
Game 62 9:45 p.m. CBS

Tuesday, March 30th Elite Eight (Lucas Oil Stadium)

Game 63 7:00 p.m. CBS
Game 64 9:45 p.m. CBS

Saturday, April 3rd Final Four (Lucas Oil Stadium)

Game 65 5:00 p.m. CBS
Game 66 8:30 p.m. CBS

Monday, April 5th National Championship (Lucas Oil Stadium)

Game 67 9:00 p.m. CBS